SMMAF withdraws from IMMAF

SMMAF has been concerned about the negative development within IMMAF for a long time. The board has now concluded that the situation is no longer tenable.

A Swedish referee (who also happens to be a SMMAF official) practiced their profession at an international competition in Slovakia.

According to Swedish law, SMMAF cannot prevent anyone from practicing their profession. Note that a referee (in contrast to, for example, national team members, coaches etc) does not represent a country.

Additionally, SMMAF has not engaged in any activities (let alone become a member) of
any other international federation, which is what is prohibited in IMMAF’s statutes:
“Members must not be members of other international MMA federations” (from Article 9, section 8 that IMMAF refers to).

Despite this, IMMAF is threatening SMMAF with sanctions.

On top of the previously evident issues with democracy and transparency, as well as
unresolved safeguarding issues within IMMAF, the SMMAF board has now had enough
and has decided to terminate all cooperation with immediate effect.

The SMMAF Board

1a IMMAF Letter 1 – Urgent Notice of Investigation and Immediate Compliance Demand

1b IMMAF letter 1 attachment – DOC-20240515-WA0005.

2. SMMAF reply 1 – Reply to your Urgent Notice of Investigation and Immediate Compliance Demand

3. IMMAF letter 2 – RE Reply to your Urgent Notice of Investigation and Immediate Compliance Demand

4a. SMMAF reply 2 – Reply to your Urgent Notice of Investigation and Immediate Compliance Demand

4b. SMMAF reply 2 – Attachment Reply to your Urgent Notice of Investigation and Immediate Compliance Demand